With many thanks to recent developments in technology, public transit systems around the world are finding it beneficial and profitable to install GPS tracking devices on their buses.
These devices have a fairly simple purpose, though it manifests itself in multiple facets. After a GPS tracking device is installed upon a bus or other public transit vehicle, the device links up to an online website which keeps updated track of the vehicle. Passengers can then find updates on bus schedules and route changes online. Some of the tracking sites even offer the feature of SMS text updates to be sent to passengers’ mobile phones.
Many countries have begun to implement the GPS tracking systems on their public transit vehicles and most of these have had very positive and profitable results. Schedule changes and route re-workings are not nearly so irritating to passengers who have the available option of going online to check the route and schedule of their bus of choice. Drivers are held more tightly accountable to their duties and responsibilities by monitoring and tracking. The listed benefits are obviously laudable.
Multiple cities in the United States have begun to utilize GPS tracking devices in their public transit systems. Cities in Louisiana, Oklahoma, California, Ohio, and other states have installed these GPS systems and found the results to be quite excellent.
Canada and the United Kingdom have also had good experiences with their first runs of transit GPS tracking devices. With systems being used on buses in Ottawa and London, passengers in both countries have had time to give the system a good trial run. Talks are still ongoing as to whether more transit systems in other cities should have GPS tracking devices installed on their vehicles.
Of all the countries to try this new application of GPS technology, India has felt the benefit from its installation perhaps most acutely. Using the technology not only to give passengers more accurate route updates and arrival and departure times, Indian transit systems have found applications for the technology in monitoring potential thieves and other persons who would harass tourists or regular passengers on their buses. Ensuring the safety of their passengers is top priority.
Whether it be for scheduling accuracy, route updates, driver or unruly pedestrian monitoring, GPS tracking technology may soon be commonplace throughout public transportation, here at home and around the globe.